Statement of USCRI on the Recent Parliamentarian Ruling

By USCRI September 20, 2021

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is dismayed with the Senate Parliamentarian’s decision yesterday that a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, TPS holders, and DREAMers should not be included in the reconciliation bill. The Parliamentarian, who is the non-partisan arbiter of Senate rules, found that the impact of the proposed policy change would drastically outweigh the budgetary impact of the proposal, and would thus be inappropriate for inclusion in the budget.

While the ruling represents a setback, the fight is not over. USCRI applauds the work of some members of Congress who are working on an alternative strategy to include these valued members of our communities in the reconciliation package. A pathway to citizenship can and should be included in reconciliation, and USCRI urges Congressional champions of this issue to continue their fight.


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